Sunday, April 30, 2017

Third Sunday of Easter
Morning Worship at 11 o’clock


Christ has risen while earth slumbers,
Christ has risen where hope died,
as he said and as he promised,
as we doubted and denied.
Let the moon embrace the blessing;
let the sun sustain the cheer;
let the world confirm the rumor:
Christ is risen, God is here!
Christ has risen to companion
former friends who fear the night,
sensing loss and limitation
where their faith had once burned bright.
They bemoaned what is no longer,
they expect no hopeful sign
till Christ ends their conversation,
breaking bread and sharing wine.

- John Bell


The Church Gathers


Organ Prelude “In Illo Tempore” Gregoria Proper


Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the Lay Leader)


Choral Introit “Now Has Christ Arisen” Joachim Oudaen

Now has Christ arisen.


Call to Worship Dr. Emora Brannan

Come, children of Creation, and celebrate the wonder of spring.

Come, brothers and sisters of the human family,

and rejoice at the renewal of life.

Come, people of God, and acclaim the resurrection of Christ.

Come, friends of Christ, and marvel at the empty tomb.

Come, you who are loved by God, and receive for yourselves this gift of renewal.

Come, you who love God, and make your lives a witness to holy love.

Then Christ will be resurrected in us, redeeming life from death.

Then we will be resurrected in Christ, a blessing to the world.


Hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns” No. 327

1. Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne. Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee, and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

2. Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed o’er the grave, and rose victorious in the strife for those he came to save. His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high, who died, eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

3. Crown him the Lord of peace, whose power a scepter sways from pole to pole, that wars may cease, and all be prayer and praise. His reign shall know no end, and round his pierced feet fair flowers of paradise extend their fragrance ever sweet.

4. Crown him the Lord of love; behold his hands and side, those wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified. All hail, Redeemer, hail! For thou hast died for me; thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity.


Morning Prayer

Gracious and holy God,

we come to you because you have first come to us.

We know you because you have revealed yourself.

Give us in this morning hour of worship

a deeper sense of your spirit breathing through us.

Lift our hearts with the wings of song.

Heal our souls with the balm of prayer,

enliven our minds with the words of scripture and interpretation,

and enable us to dedicate our strength,

our substance and our service to your work in the world.

We pray in the name of the risen Christ. Amen.

To Hear the Word


A Reading from Letters of the Early Church Acts 2:14a, 36-41

Linda Webb is the Liturgist.

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.

Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.


The Psalter Psalm 116 with Sung Response 1 No. 837

Response 1: O praise the Lord, who delivers your soul from death.

I love the Lord, who has heard

My voice and my supplications,

And has inclined his ear to me

Whenever I called.

The snares of death encompassed me;

The pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;

I suffered distress and anguish.

Then I called on the name of the Lord:

“O Lord, I beseech you, save my life!”


Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;

Our God is merciful.

The Lord preserves the simple;

When I was brought low, the Lord saved me.

Return, O my soul, to your rest;

For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For you have delivered my soul from death,

My eyes from tears,

My feet from stumbling;

I walk before the Lord

In the land of living.

I kept my faith, even when I said,

“I am greatly afflicted.”

I said in my consternation,

“All humans are a vain hope.”


What shall I return to the Lord

For all my benefits?

I will lift up the cup of salvation

And call on the name of the Lord,

I will pay my vows to the Lord

In the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord

Is the death of his faithful ones.

O Lord, I am your servant;

I am your servant, the child of your handmaid.

You have loosed my bonds.

I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving

And call on the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord,

In the presence of all his people,

In the courts of the house of the Lord,

In your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord!



Anthem “Living Lamb of God” Lloyd Larson

The Shepherd was stricken, the sheep roamed away.
In death’s confinement, the Holy Jesus lay.
Day into evening, night into day,
In fear we waited, alone we prayed.

Then on the third day at breaking of dawn,
From death’s dark shadow His body was gone!
What now had happened? Did He survive?
Our fallen Shepherd was now alive!

Living Lamb of God, slain for the sins of all,
Risen up victorious! Again we hear His call.
In death He scattered darkness, in life He gathers all,
He is the Living Lamb of God!

The stone that was rejected has become my solid rock,
The dying gentle Shepherd is now the Living Lamb of God!
Praise the Lamb of God, the Holy Lamb of God!


From the Gospel Luke 24:13-35

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.


Sermon “You are Witness” Rev. Don Burgard


To Respond in Faith


Hymn “Christ for the World We Sing” No. 568

1. Christ for the world we sing, the world to Christ we bring, with loving zeal; the poor, and them that mourn, the faint and overborne, sin-sick and sorrow-worn, whom Christ doth heal.

2. Christ for the world we sing, the world to Christ we bring, with fervent prayer; the wayward and the lost, by restless passions tossed, redeemed at countless cost, from dark despair.

3. Christ for the world we sing, the world to Christ we bring, with one accord; with us the work to share, with us reproach to dare, with us the cross to bear, for Christ our Lord.

4. Christ for the world we sing, the world to Christ we bring, with joyful song; the newborn souls, whose days, reclaimed from error’s ways, inspired with hope and praise, to Christ belong.


Affirmation of Faith

We find our faith in Jesus, who lives among us,

who calls us together to understand

life and love as radical commitment to others.

We have faith in one God,

who created and claimed all creatures,

who enters our lives with hope and redemption,

with courage to act on our beliefs.

We know that God’s presence comes to us in community,

wherever we seek to know God

by doing justice and loving mercy.

We proclaim the gospel in this world

where God is still creating and redeeming

and making things whole.


The Collection of Tithes and Offerings


Offertory “O Savior Sweet” J.S. Bach

O Savior sweet, O Savior kind!
Thy Father’s will has all Thy mind.
From heaven Thou hast vouchsafed to come,
With men, as Man, to make Thy home,
O Savior sweet, O Savior kind!

O Savior sweet, O Savior kind!
The way to please Thee we would find,
What e’er we have, it comes of Thee,
O let us ever near Thee be,
O Savior sweet, O Savior kind!

O Savior sweet, O Savior kind!
Who came to earth the lost to find,
Who died to save us on the tree,
Our hearts are filled with love to Thee,
O Savior sweet, O Savior kind!


Presentation of Tithes and Offerings No. 94

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts!
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


Pastoral Prayer


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


And Scatters to Be the Church in the World


Hymn “We’ve a Story to Tell the Nations” No. 569

1. We’ve a story to tell to the nations, that shall turn their hearts to the right, a story of truth and mercy, a story of peace and light, a story of peace and light. For the darkness shall turn to dawning, and the dawning to noonday bright; and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth, the kingdom of love and light.

2. We’ve a song to be sung to the nations, that shall lift their hearts to the Lord, a song that shall conquer evil and shatter the spear and sword, and shatter the spear and sword. For the darkness shall turn to dawning, and the dawning to noonday bright; and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth, the kingdom of love and light.

3. We’ve a message to give to the nations, that the Lord who reigneth above hath sent us his Son to save us, and show us that God is love, and show us that God is love. For the darkness shall turn to dawning, and the dawning to noonday bright; and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth, the kingdom of love and light.

4. We’ve a Savior to show to the nations, who the path of sorrow hath trod, that all of the world’s great peoples might come to the truth of God, might come to the truth of God. For the darkness shall turn to dawning, and the dawning to noonday bright; and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth, the kingdom of love and light.


Dismissal with Blessing

Choral Response “O Raise Your Glad Voices” trad. Welsh

O, raise your glad voices, all people, and sing;
Bring sweet Easter praises to Jesus, the King.


Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude “Allegro Fiero” Crabbe




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